Periodontal Surgery

Our office provides a full range of periodontal services and treatments of all periodontal diseases.

Following are some of the procedures that Dr. Mazza uses to treat patients diagnosed with a periodontal (gum) disease. The main cause of periodontal disease is bacteria in the form of a sticky, colorless plaque that constantly forms on your teeth; however, many other factors can cause periodontal (gum) disease or influence its progression.

Periodontal disease can manifest over time. Most people have little discomfort other than bleeding gums as an abnormality. If you are in need of Gum surgery or any gum treatment come in for a consultation. Periodontal treatment is often expensive and is put off as your gums get worse. Our office offers Reduced Rates on all Periodontal treatment and offers financial assistance and payment plans.

Services Our office provides includes: Click on the service to get an explanation of the procedures listed.

A comprehensive periodontal evaluation which includes checking the gums and the underlying bone in your mouth in order to determine the periodontal diagnosis and treatment recommendations.

Services we provide: Periodontal Surgery

If you're diagnosed with periodontal disease, Dr. Mazza may recommend periodontal surgery.

Periodontal surgery is necessary when Dr. Mazza determines that the tissue around your teeth is unhealthy and cannot be repaired with non-surgical treatment.

Services we provide: Crown Lengthening

Periodontal procedures are available to lay the groundwork for restorative and cosmetic dentistry and/or to improve the esthetics of your gum line.

You may have asked Dr. Mazza about procedures to improve a "gummy" smile because your teeth appear short. Your teeth may actually be the proper lengths, but they're covered with too much gum tissue. To correct this, Dr. Mazza performs crown lengthening.

During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to one tooth, to even your gum line, or to several teeth to expose a natural, broad smile.

Your dentist or Dr. Mazza may also recommend crown lengthening to make a restorative or cosmetic dental procedure possible. Perhaps your tooth is decayed, broken below the gum line, or has insufficient tooth structure for a restoration, such as a crown or bridge. Crown lengthening adjusts the gum and bone level to expose more of the tooth so it can be restored.

Q. What are the benefits of this procedure?

A. Whether you have crown lengthening to improve function or esthetics (mismatch between your front teeth gumline), patients often receive the benefits of both: a beautiful new smile and improved periodontal health - your keys to smiling, eating and speaking with comfort and confidence.

Services we provide: Gum Grafting

Periodontal procedures are available to stop further dental problems and gum recession, and/or to improve the esthetics of your gum line.

Exposed tooth roots are the result of gum recession. Perhaps you wish to enhance your smile by covering one or more of these roots that make your teeth appear too long. Or, maybe you're not bothered by the appearance of these areas, but you cringe because the exposed roots are sensitive to hot or cold foods and liquids.

Your gums may have receded for a variety of reasons, including aggressive tooth brushing or periodontal disease. You may not be in control of what caused the recession, but prior to treatment Dr. Mazza can help you identify the factors contributing to the problem. Once these contributing factors are controlled, a soft tissue graft procedure will repair the defect and help to prevent additional recession and bone loss.

Soft tissue grafts can be used to cover roots or develop gum tissue where absent due to excessive gingival recession. During this procedure, Dr. Mazza takes gum tissue from your palate or another donor source to cover the exposed root. This can be done for one tooth or several teeth to even your gum line and reduce sensitivity.

Q. What are the benefits of this procedure?

A. A soft tissue graft can reduce further recession and bone loss. In some cases, it can cover exposed roots to protect them from decay. This may reduce tooth sensitivity and improve esthetics of your smile. Whether you have crown lengthening to improve function or esthetics, patients often receive the benefits of both: a beautiful new smile and improved periodontal health - your keys to smiling, eating and speaking with comfort and confidence.

Services we provide: Pocket Reduction Procedures

During this procedure, Dr. Mazza folds back the gum tissue and remove the disease-causing bacteria before securing the tissue into place.

Your bone and gum tissue should fit snugly around your teeth like a turtleneck around your neck. When you have periodontal disease, this supporting tissue and bone is destroyed, forming "pockets" around the teeth.

Over time, these pockets become deeper, providing a larger space for bacteria to live. As bacteria develop around the teeth, they can accumulate and advance under the gum tissue. These deep pockets collect even more bacteria, resulting in further bone and tissue loss. Eventually, if too much bone is lost, the teeth will need to be extracted.

Advanced Periodontitis

Dr. Mazza has measured the depth of your pocket(s). A pocket reduction procedure has been recommended because you have pockets that are too deep to clean with daily at-home oral hygiene and a professional care routine.

During this procedure, Dr. Mazza folds back the gum tissue and remove the disease-causing bacteria before securing the tissue into place. In some cases, irregular surfaces of the damaged bone are smoothed to limit areas where disease-causing bacteria can hide. This allows the gum tissue to better reattach to healthy bone.

Q. What are the benefits of this procedure?

A. Reducing pocket depth and eliminating existing bacteria are important to prevent damage caused by the progression of periodontal disease and to maintain a healthy smile. Eliminating bacteria alone may not be sufficient to prevent disease recurrence. Deeper pockets are more difficult for you and your dental care professional to clean, so it's important for you to reduce them. Reduced pockets and a combination of daily oral hygiene and professional maintenance care increases your chances of keeping your natural teeth and decreases the chance of serious health problems associated with periodontal disease.

Services we provide: Ridge Augmentation

When you lose one or more teeth, you can get an indention in your gums and jawbone where the tooth used to be. This happens because the jawbone recedes when it no longer is holding a tooth in place. Ridge augmentation is used to recapture the natural contour of your gums and jaw.

Not only is this indentation unnatural looking, it also causes the replacement tooth to look too long compared to the adjacent teeth.

Dr. Mazza can fill in this "defect" with a procedure called ridge augmentation, recapturing the natural contour of your gums and jaw. A new tooth can then be created that is natural looking, easy-to-clean and beautiful.

Services we provide: Regenerative Procedures

During this procedure, membranes (filters), bone grafts or tissue- stimulating proteins can be used to encourage your body's natural ability to regenerate bone and tissue destroyed by gum disease.

Your bone and gum tissue should fit snugly around your teeth like a turtleneck around your neck. When you have periodontal disease, this supporting tissue and bone is destroyed and pockets develop. Eventually, if too much bone is lost, the teeth will need to be extracted.

Dr. Mazza may recommend a regenerative procedure when the bone supporting your teeth has been destroyed. These procedures can reverse some of the damage by regenerating lost bone and tissue.

During this procedure, The Doctor folds back the gum tissue and remove the disease-causing bacteria. Membranes (filters), bone grafts or tissue- stimulating proteins can be used to encourage your body's natural ability to regenerate bone and tissue.

There are many options to enhance support for your teeth and to restore your bone to a healthy level. Dr. Mazza will discuss your best options with you.

BEFORE AND AFTER X-RAYS
Q. What are the benefits of this procedure?

A. Eliminating existing bacteria and regenerating bone and tissue helps to reduce pocket depth and repair damage caused by the progression of periodontal disease. With a combination of daily oral hygiene and professional maintenance care, you'll increase the chances of keeping your natural teeth - and decrease the chances of serious health problems associated with periodontal disease.

Services we provide: Ridge Preservation

Careful administration of extraction sockets after tooth extraction prevents unpleasant bone loss and a better cosmetic result of future tooth replacement.

A bone graft is used to recreate bone and soft supporting tissues lost due to gum disease. It's also called regenerative surgery.

Guided tissue regeneration is a periodontal treatment that replaces lost bone growth with a membrane barrier. This membrane can stimulate the regrowth of the boney structures that surround the teeth and support the gums.

To treat the areas of gum recession by transplanting gum tissue from the roof of the mouth or adjacent teeth, to areas of recession.

Soft tissue graft is a process in which skin from healthy areas of the mouth is literally sewn onto parts of the gums that have receded or rotted away as a result of gingivitis.